After several weeks of anticipation and speculation Twitter is finally launching its highly popular Periscope app for Android. In the first ten days in which it was available on the iPhone app store the two months old Twitter-owned platform gathered one million users. Now the live-streaming app is also available for Android users.
The announcement that the broadcasting app which allows you to stream and edit live videos will be available on the Google Play Store was made on Tuesday. Its debut on Android comes less than a month after the rival Meerkat was also made available on Android. The app was launched for the first time less than three months ago.
The Android version is the same as the iOS one, but it also has some perks such as the feature to return to broadcasting and resume streaming after you have to do other activity on your device. Android users also have more control over notifications. They are notified when they are followed by somebody else, when a follower goes live or when he or she shares a broadcast. Twitter’s lead engineer for Android, Sarah Haider, remarked that the app is Android-specific.
People who want to use Periscope on Android need to have KitKat 4.4 or later. The look has element which were inspired by the guideline sand philosophy of Google’s Material Design.
Meerkat, the rival of Periscope beat the app to Android when earlier this year it released a private beta launch which at the beginning of May was followed by an open beta. Although Meerkat moved quickly and tried to create a first-move advantage with the MVP-level software, Periscope also made sure that the app will be fully-equipped when it will arrive on Android.
Since more people are broadcasting their personal lives live video has become an important element for social networks very quickly. People post various events in their lives from party celebrations to protests. In addition since marketers are searching for a way to obtain money and advertise using individualized video feeds this has even become a potential revenue opportunity.
Kayvon Beykpour, the founder of Periscope, said that he understands the public demand and he was amazed to see the public’s reaction. He remarked:
“The reception has been overwhelming in the most positive way just by the sheer magnitude of users. We’re seeing people using in ways we never thought of, it’s been actually quite mind blowing.”
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